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7 stories to read this weekend

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Happy new year! It is time to get your year started with some good, quality writing from around the web. Here are my picks for the weekend — I hope you enjoy them.

  • The end and Don King: The legendary boxing promoter with wild hair is entering the twilight years of his life and career. It is a reminder that in the end only time wins.
  • Degenerate Inc: The paranoid and obsessive life of a mid-level bookie. Doug Brown of Cleveland Scene wrote this pretty amazing piece.
  • I was a warehouse wage slave: Mac McClelland of Mother Jones goes undercover and finds how it all works. It makes you pause before you click and order on Amazon Prime.
  • The Intelligent Plant: Michael Pollan asks the no-no question — can plants think? And then he enters down a rabbit hole of magical writing, scientific discovery and perhaps the most thought-provoking piece I have read in a long time. Curl up and read this — it is worth the price of the entire issue of the New Yorker.
  • Why TED is a recipe for civilizational disaster: Benjamin Bratton made this proclamation this at a TEDx event in San Diego. He asked the question a lot of us have secretly wondered: why so little of the future promised in TED talks actually happens?
  • Does journalism have a future? Nicolas Lemann reviews George Brock’s Out of Print and takes a look at the state of journalism, specially in the U.S.
  • Managing a mind: Christopher Murphy shares his story: why one day in May he tried to kill himself and what led to that decision and his life ever since. This is a short piece story that deals with depression and perils of living in a connected, always-on, always-winning society.

3 Responses to “7 stories to read this weekend”

  1. Eric Scalera

    Thanks Om, great article from someone who was around during the greatest generation of boxing. Imagine a time when you could watch Ali on network TV for free.

  2. Charlotte. you think Jeff`s remark is shocking… last thursday I bought themselves a Jaguar E-type from making $8159 this munth and would you believe, 10 grand last-month. without a doubt it is the coolest work I’ve had. I started this three months/ago and practically straight away started to bring home more than $75… per hour. read this article……..